Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu – Oven or Air Fryer


Cheesy stuffed chicken that is crispy on the outside served with a creamy sauce is near-perfect food, in my opinion. Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu is a touch fancy, but in reality, it is much easier to make than you would imagine. This recipe is excellent for a dinner party or any time you need something that feels a bit special.

Keto Chicken Cordon Blue is Perfect for Entertaining!

Growing up, one of my favorite dishes to get at a local restaurant we went to was Chicken Cordon Blue.

There was something magical about ham and melted cheese oozing out of a perfectly cooked chicken breast.

It did and still does seem a touch fancy! Although this isn’t the quickest recipe on the website, the method is straightforward and not at all complicated.

I like to prep this one ahead of time for entertaining or a weekend family dinner!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What side dishes go with Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Why is it called Chicken Cordon Blue?

This Swedish dish gets its name from the French term cordon bleu, which means “blue ribbon.” It denotes excellence of the highest quality.

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes, this recipe can be fully prepped up to a day ahead of time and cooked when you are ready to serve. The sauce may be prepared ahead and gently reheated on the stove.

Can you freeze cooked Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu?

You can! I recommend browning the chicken in the skillet (step 1 in the oven/skillet instructions) and then cooling completely. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze solid.

You can then transfer to a freezer bag to save room in the freezer. Defrost the chicken overnight in the refrigerator on a plate, and then bake or air fry as directed, increasing the time by about 5 minutes.

Variations

  • Use turkey or bacon in place of the ham.
  • Substitute other cheeses for the Swiss cheese.  I love smoked gouda.

Pro Tip

Want to take this to the next level? Pound and salt the chicken a day ahead of time. This allows it to diffuse evenly through the meat. Salt dissolves the protein strands into a gel, allowing them to retain moisture better when cooked. A little advanced planning will yield chicken that is more tender and flavorful.

How to Make Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu – Air Fryer and Oven Instructions

This section is for those of you who are visual and like to see the process. Please see the recipe card below for the full recipe with measurements.

First, place the chicken in a zip-top bag or on a cutting board with plastic wrap on top. Using a meat mallet, pound to ¼-inch thickness. Season well with salt and pepper.

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Next, place the chicken on a clean plate and top with ½ ounce each of ham and cheese

Photo of chicken topped with cheese and ham or turkey.

After that, roll the meat up and secure with toothpicks. If desired, you can sprinkle a little smoked paprika on the chicken.

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Crack the eggs in a shallow bowl and beat. In another shallow bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, almond flour, and Italian seasoning.

Photo of rolled up chicken on a plate with an egg wash in one bowl and a Parmesan breading in another.

Dip the chicken in the eggs and coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure you firmly press the breading into the chicken with your hands.

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Air Fried Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu

To air fry, place the chicken in the air fryer seam side down. Spray with oil and cook at 400 for 8 minutes. Flip and re-spray.

Cook for another 6 to 10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Rest for about 10 minutes and serve.

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Baked Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu

To bake, first heat oil in a large skillet and cook the chicken until it is browned on both sides, about 7 minutes total.

Transfer to a baking dish seam side down and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes longer, until the temperature reaches 160 degrees.

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While the chicken cooks, melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan.

Add broth, heavy cream, and cream cheese, and cook until the cream cheese melts.

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Stir in Dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese. Simmer over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese melts and the sauce has thickened.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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More Keto Chicken Recipes to Try:

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Print Recipe

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is a deliciously cheesy recipe with a sauce you could drink straight up.  Juicy and moist on the inside, with a perfect crust on the outside, this dish is one you will never tire of!

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time47 mins

Total Time1 hr 7 mins

Course: Main

Cuisine: American

Keyword: air fryer, chicken

Servings: 8

Calories: 542.74kcal

Author: Wendy Polisi

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Ingredients

Chicken

  • 24 ounces boneless chicken breast or thighs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced deli ham or turkey
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup finely ground almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil omit for oven or air fryer

Sauce

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (Omit if you are cooking in an air fryer.)

  • Place the chicken in a zip-top bag. Using a meat mallet, pound to ¼-inch thickness.

  • Season on both sides with salt and pepper. (I used ½ teaspoon each.)

  • Place a piece of chicken on a clean plate and top with ½ ounce each of ham and cheese.

  • Roll the chicken up and secure with toothpicks.

  • Place the eggs in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, almond flour, and Italian seasoning.

  • Dip the chicken in the eggs and then coat with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the mixture firmly to the surface of the chicken with your hands.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the air fryer seam side down. Spray with oil. Cook at 400 for 8 minutes. Flip and re-spray.

  • Cook for another 6 to 10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature of the chicken is about 160 degrees. Rest for 10 minutes and serve.

Skillet/Oven Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add oil. Cook the chicken for 4 minutes, until browned on one side. Flip and cook for 3 minutes longer.

  • Transfer to a baking dish and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes longer.

Sauce

  • While the chicken cooks, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add broth, heavy cream, and cream cheese, and cook until the cream cheese is melted. 

  • Stir in Dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese and simmer over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese melts and the mixture has thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 542.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.43g | Protein: 36.99g | Fat: 42.08g | Saturated Fat: 20.62g | Cholesterol: 192.61mg | Sodium: 879.48mg | Potassium: 448.7mg | Fiber: 1.08g | Sugar: 0.96g | Vitamin A: 1058.18IU | Vitamin C: 2.05mg | Calcium: 419.38mg | Iron: 1.41mg

More Low Carb Recipes

  • Baked Crack Chicken is one that deserves to become a habit. Even the kids will love this one. (Make sure you use a keto-friendly oil.)
  • When you need to get dinner on the table quickly, this Keto Teriyaki Chicken is perfect! It comes together in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for a busy weeknight.



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